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6 April 2017

April Meeting

Ryedale Family History Group’s next meeting promises tales of an unusual and unique family history; ‘A Prisoner, a Pirate, a Dog musher and Shipwrecks’ by Colin Narramore takes place on Wednesday 19 April at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Hovingham, York, YO62 4LF.

Colin Narramore who has been researching family and local history for many years and is a collector of old postcards; whilst stuck for a special present for his wife, decided to research her family history to present to her.

Colin Narramore said, “I was very lucky to be able to talk first hand to my wife’s Father and Uncles, and discovered these four tales of adventure and hardship. Thankfully these important histories have not been forgotten or lost but I have captured them and am able to share these stories of being a prisoner in World War II, encounters with U Boats, achieving world fame as a Dog Musher, and also family Ship Wreckers in and around Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby. My wife was delighted with the results.”

Freda Shaw, Programme Organiser said, “We are looking forward to hearing Colin’s talk, some of the story takes place in Canada, when many people emigrated to make a new life, and certainly these people did with fascinating outcomes.”

The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office on 01653 628132 or mobile 07813 977613 or email: secretary@ryedalefamilyhistory.org


6th February
Planned visit to the North Yorkshire County Record Office on Tuesday 6th March - There is limited space for this visit. Please book early to avoid disappointment! 
29th January
Another cool day in Ryedale. A good time to stay at home and search for some ancestors! Following the success of our 'How To' day on 23rd January, we are planning some similar sessions and will run a series of classes during this year.
Meanwhile, the Research Room is open to visitors every Thursday, 10am to 3pm. Drop in and see if we can find some of your family's history. We aim to find at least something that you didn't already know - so come and try.

Our next meeting is at the Moorside Club & Bar (formerly the British Legion Club) at Kirkbymoorside. Freda Shaw is going to talk about 'The Village School.'

This photo is of Gilling School. Not sure of the date. Does anyone recognise a face there? We think it's about 1896ish, but do you know different? Email to editor@ryedalefamilyhistory.org if you would like a larger version of this image.


19th January
Happy New Year!


Wishing all our members, past, present and future, a very happy and peaceful Christmas and good fortune in 2017.

 We will be open as usual on THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY.

Merry Christmas

Our next meeting will be on the 18th January 2017 at North York Moors National Park Authority in Helmsley at 7pm for 7:30pm. Members will have the opportunity to talk about 'My most interesting family member' for a few minutes. Free entry.

16th November 2016

The topic of the next meeting organised by Ryedale Family History Group is on the Archbishops' Registers and will be presented by Gary Brannan at The Village Hall, Hovingham YO62 4LF, on Wednesday 16 November at 7.30pm.

Gary Brannan is Access Archivist at the Borthwick Institute, Gary is responsible for the Medieval collection and encouraging people to look into the treasure trove of Yorkshires' Archives held at the Borthwick Institute at York University.

The Archbishops' Registers record the workings and governance of the Archbishop of York's Office, the earliest register dates from 1225 and is some of the earliest records in the country. The records give details about the management of the church, staffing and appointments along with the church's influence on the moral and spiritual conduct of the population across Yorkshire and Northern England.
The records also cover the major events of the country, such as Magna Carta, the Black Death and the many wars that affected the country.

The digitising of the Archbishops' Registers of the Diocese of York 1225-1646 was a huge project undertaken by the Borthwick Institute and was funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The project included the conservation of the original documents prior to scanning them, the digitising of the records, along with project development and training associated with these documents.

Freda Shaw, Secretary for Ryedale Family History Group said, " These registers are a major source for the history of the area, giving us an insight into the decisions and workings made by the Archbishop that affected local parishes, including wills and the visits made to the Parishes. As these records are now available on line it has opened up a whole new resource for anyone interested in family and local history. We are looking forward to Gary guiding us through what is available."

1st October 2016
October Meeting

Ryedale Family History Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm, at The Royal Voluntary Services Centre, Hungate, Pickering, YO18 7DG.

The speakers are two former nurses, Eileen Brereton and Anne Wall who will be talking about the recent 'Home Comforts' project, launched by North Yorkshire Records Office and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project was to mark the centenary of the First World War and to research the Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals that were set up in what was the old North Riding area. These hospitals were set up in a range of properties; there were 32 hospitals in the district during the war years, which treated thousands of patients.

Anne and Eileen have discovered many extraordinary stories, along with how medical treatments advanced during this time, this project has led to the publication of a book, ‘Home Comforts: The Role of Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in North Yorkshire 1914-1919’. So popular has this book been that a second edition has been printed.

Freda Shaw, Programme organisor for Ryedale Family History Group said, “ We are delighted to have been able to book Anne and Eileen to speak at our meeting as the pair are much sought after for their well received talks across the region and beyond. We as a group have carried out a lot of research into local World War One memorials and are
looking forward to learning about another aspect that had an impact in our area.”

Anne Wall said” We had no idea at the beginning of where this project would take us or how fascinating this research would be to us. Certainly it has been pleasing to raise awareness about these vital hospitals and the role of women in an aspect that can sometimes be overlooked, along with celebrating the role of volunteers and local community.””

The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office on 01653 628132 or mobile 07813 977613 or email: secretary@ryedalefamilyhistory.org

14 September 2016
September Meeting

Ryedale Family History Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday 21 September at 7.30pm, at The Moorside Bar & Club, The Royal British Legion Club, Shaw Drive, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6JE.
The speaker is Maxine Willett, Project Archivist, with North Yorkshire County Record Office, who will be presenting ‘Attics and Acres’ the story of the Graham Family archive, which was purchased, conserved and cataloged by the North Yorkshire County Record Office through a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Graham Family Archive relates to the estates at Norton Conyers, and Nunnington which belonged to the Graham family from the mid 18th century to 1839 when spiraling debts led to the sale of the estates.  The archive is vast and gives an insight into the workings of an estate and the local gentry, and includes papers relating to the sale of properties in the 1620s, court rolls, along with various letters.
Maxine Willett who leads the project and recruited volunteers to help with this important work said “ We were very pleased to have had such a positive response to this project and many people have been involved, taking part in cataloging and safeguarding these items for the future; the documents within this collection cover 600 years of history”.
Freda Shaw, Programme Organiser for Ryedale Family History Group said, “This is a fascinating story, not only of the contents of the Archive but also the work undertaken by the volunteers to bring them to life and enable many more people to enjoy them.  Charlotte Bronte is reputed to have been inspired by Norton Conyers for creating Thornfield House in Jane Eyre, following a visit there when she was a governess.”
The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office on 01653 628132 or mobile 07813 977613 or email: secretary@ryedalefamilyhistory.org

14 August 2016

Stories are coming in for our 2016 Short Story Competition.

In approximately 1,000 words, the subject of your story should be:
If you could meet one of your own ancestors, who it would be and why

The competition is open to members of the Ryedale Family History Group and the prize is 
Lifetime Membership

The closing date for entries is 31st October 2016.

Please send your story to secretary@ryedalefamilyhistory.org or by post to
The Research Room,
Village Hall,
YO62 4LA. 

27 June 2016
Family tree exhibition at the Hovingham Market

Saturday the 6th August sees an exhibition of family trees on display at the popular Hovingham Market. The exhibition is open from 10.00am until 3.00pm in the Community Room at Hovingham Village Hall.  Ryedale Family History Group regularly have a stall at the Market and this exhibition showcases the many different types of family trees available.

Family trees are used to show the relationships between family members and can be shown in many different and creative formats from linear to photographic; computer software to hand painted trees. The Ryedale Family History Group have gathered a wide range of examples to illustrate the diversity of family trees along with explanations of the various types to inspire anyone to have a go.

Family trees can be used to show relationships clearly for all sorts of areas, not only for families, but also for example rock bands, as members change this can be recorded on a chart, also medical uses, which are called genograms, and many more uses.

The exhibition will feature the traditional types of family trees along with current ideas and examples and also using other materials such as needlework and also the various formats for printing them from large scale to small versions.  Membership Secretary for Ryedale Family History Group, Geoff King said "We are delighted to be working together with Hovingham Market to set up this exhibition to demonstrate the wide and varied ways of showing family relationships. It will be a good opportunity to catch this extensive exhibition."

Caroline Davis, one of the Market Managers said "I have been researching my family tree for many years. I recently organised a family reunion. The centerpiece was the family tree, which generated much discussion and story telling. Come along and see the exhibition, chat to the experts and combine this with choosing some fabulous local produce at the market between 10.30-13.30.”

Volunteers from Ryedale Family History Group will be available throughout the exhibition to give advice and help with any aspect of family history.

3 June 2016
June Meeting

Ryedale Family History Group's next meeting is on Wednesday 15 June at 7.30 pm and will be held at the Royal Voluntary Service Centre, Hungate Community Centre, Pickering YO18 7DG.

The speaker is Freda Shaw who will be talking about 'Down on the farm, who do they thinkthey are!' The talk will cover the history of rare breeds, many being brought over by invaders, returning armies or explorers to Britain. 

Freda says, "an animal's pedigree is vitally important and these can be used to track their lineage such as the racehorse which has descended from one stallion, known as Eclipse. Our ancestors worked with a wider variety of animals in the past, for their livelihoods and to sustain them, their history is as fascinating as our own family history."

Freda Shaw is a committee member and events and speaker organiser for Ryedale Family History Group, she has been actively involved in raising the awareness of rare breeds and is a supporter of the work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for most of her working life. Freda Shaw earned the nickname 'Mother Noah' due to the range of animals she transported for showing whilst involved with Shirecliffe College, Sheffield.

The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. 

If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office and we will try to arrange this.For more details please contact the Janice Wood on 01653 628952 or 07813 977613 or check our website at www.ryedalefamilyhistory.org

15 May 2016
New surname interests update

Some of our members have submitted their surname interests for inclusion in our database. It's worth taking a look to see if the surname you are interested in is being researched by one of our members, as they may have some vital information that you need!

The latest update, on 14 May 2016, includes the names AGAR, from Lastingham, COULTMAN, from Thornton Dale, ELLIS, from Pickering, and FOSTER, from Mytholmroyd and Halifax, amongst others. All new additions to the list are highlighted in red, so that they can be clearly seen. If you are a member and not yet listed your surname interests, please send them over to the Membership Secretary, members@ryedalefamilyhistory.org for inclusion.
We do not publish any email addresses, so if you want to contact a member, please note the membership number and contact via the Membership Secretary.

12 May 2016
May Meeting Talk

The next meeting organised by Ryedale Family History Group is on Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm at the Village Hall, Hovingham, York, YO62 4LF.  The talk entitled 'Scarborough's Maritime Heritage' by Lindy Rowley MBE.

The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre opened in 2008, and moved to new premises in 2015.  The centre is truly a 'museum of the sea.' It is an award winning museum and has an excellent website.  The centre has a huge collection of photographs; historical documents and artefacts charting the town's history from being a premier seaside resort, fishing families, to shipbuilding and much more relating to the town.

Freda Shaw, talks organiser for Ryedale Family History Group said, "We are thrilled to have Lindy Rowley to speak at our meeting, she is a well known authority and lively speaker on the history of Scarborough’s relationship with the sea."

The Maritime Heritage Centre is a charity and has many volunteers who run the centre, do talks and work with schools. The centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 11.00am- 4.00pm.

The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office and we will try to arrange this.

For more details please contact the Janice Wood on 01653 628952 or 07813 977613 or check our website at www.ryedalefamilyhistory.org

8 May 2016
Latest War Memorial Book

Ryedale Family History Group has published their latest book, 'The War Memorials of Settrington, Scagglethorpe and Thorpe Bassett.'  This is the tenth book in the War Memorials series and is launched in their tenth anniversary year.

The book has been researched and written by volunteer and Committee member Carol Fitz-Gibbon, who also wrote a previous book on Thornton le Dale War Memorials and has family connections to these villages.  The book contains mini biographies of the 28 men and one woman who gave their lives in both World Wars and are commemorated on the War Memorials in the three villages.  Carol Fitz-Gibbon said, "A great deal of help has been given by some of the descendants of those killed, including treasured photographs and keepsakes such as a teddy bear which belonged to a man who was killed when the ship he was serving on was hit by enemy aircraft in 1940.  I am very grateful for all the help I have received as these items make the stories so poignant."

Jeremy Durant who is Chairman of the Settrington Village & District Group said "Carol Fitz-Gibbon’s painstaking research has come to fruition in an absorbing and moving account of the brief lives and tragic deaths of people connected to our three villages, most of whom were killed on active service and far from home. Whether their stories end on the Somme in 1916, in Burma in 1944 or in a military hospital, they all died in the service of this country. Their names are recorded on our war memorials ‘Lest we forget.’ This book is a memorial in itself and should ensure that we never forget.”

A copy of the book was presented to the communities at Thorpe Bassett church on 19 April and Settrington church on 24 April.

Copies of the book are available from Rillington Village Stores, Rillington, The Ham & Cheese Inn, Scagglethorpe, Hoppers of Malton, Market Place, Malton and through the Ryedale Family History Group website www.ryedalefamilyhistory.org